Alcohol continues to be the biggest addictive substance facing Australians. New statistics show that during 2019/20 alcohol was the most common substance-related issue people sought treatment for in the public health system during 2019 and 2020.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s annual reporting, a third of nearly 140,000 people who received treatment said alcohol was the biggest problem
Many people drink for a pleasurable experience. For some, it puts them in a better mood while many drink to reduce stress and anxiety.
When the impact of the global pandemic in March 2020, saw a range of restrictions, many people resorted to drinking and taking other substances to deal with the uncertainty and anxiety. The report also revealed that other substances such as amphetamine use continued to rise over the past decade.
Prolonged use of alcohol or misusing it, use can cause significant physical and mental health problems. In turn, that can lead to disruption in work and personal life, problems with family and other relationships, and even financial and legal issues.
The team at Retreat South has extensive experience in treatment for alcohol and other substance dependencies. Through regular sessions with our psychologist, our clients develop strategies to deal with situations that trigger addiction-related behaviours. Our treatment programs combine these psychological treatments with creative and physical therapies. Nutrition and diet are also part of our programs to help overcome addictive behaviour and aid recovery.
Call us now to discuss how Retreat South can help you on the path to recovery.